Duke’s Mayo Classic had big economic impact

The Duke’s Mayo Classic had a huge economic impact on Charlotte last month.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (9/29/22) – This year’s Duke’s Mayo Classic was a celebration of the 100th anniversary of a historic HBCU rivalry, with North Carolina Central University defeating North Carolina A&T State University on Saturday, September 3rd in Bank of America Stadium.

With an attendance of 35,798 the event was estimated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to generate $14.6 million in economic impact for the Charlotte region, including $7.9 million in direct visitor spending with 20,476 visitors to the Charlotte region.

“Charlotte remains an amazing place for college fanbases to travel to and experience what makes college football special,”Danny Morrison, executive director of CSF. I am so proud of the hard work our team put into making this Duke’s Mayo Classic weekend special for the Aggies and the Eagles and am grateful for the support of our Board of Directors, Duke’s Mayo and partners throughout the city and county.”

Duke's Mayo Classic
The crowd celebrates at the Duke’s Mayo Classic.

To celebrate the incredible history of this rivalry the Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF), the 100 Black Men of Charlotte, and other partners hosted three days of events throughout the Charlotte region including a college and career fair, step show and a FanFest featuring local artists.

In addition to the economic impact, over $300,000 in donations, grants and scholarships were generated by the game.

“Seeing the impact of the Duke’s Mayo Classic extend past the game and into the community was a thrill for the Duke’s Mayo team and our partners. Using this year’s kick-off game and the surrounding events to showcase two HBCU institutions was extraordinarily important and we look forward to seeing the Aggies and Eagles in 2027!” said Joe Tuza, president of Duke’s

“The incredible impact of this year’s Duke’s Mayo Classic goes well beyond what can be measured over a weekend,” Johnny
Harris, co-chair of CSF Board of Directors, said. “The celebration of these universities, their history, and HBCUs as whole was authentic, meaningful and embraced by the Charlotte community.”

Duke’s Mayo Classic had big economic impact
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